Ουεδρα

Attested:  Ptolemy 2,3,6 Ουεδρα river mouth

Where:  River Wear, which reaches the sea at Sunderland, around NZ4158.

Name Origin:  ‘Water’ from PIE *wed-.  Ουεδρα is unlikely to have evolved into Wear, which may have descended from another name.

Notes:  The Wear was probably an important traffic artery in Roman times, leading to Durham (probably Lugunduno), Chester-le-Street (*Concangis), and Lanchester (Longovicium).  No Roman site has yet been identified at Wearmouth, but the name Certisnassa probably belongs there.

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Last Edited: 9 June 2016